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JOHN ONIANS Art and the Brain: How the Neuroscientist Can Help the Art Historian

7 P.M. Tuesday February 26, 2013

Rozanski Hall, room 105, University of Guelph

Free Admission - All Welcome - Free parking in P31 after 5pm

Art historians have been trying for centuries to understand what goes on in the artists' mind.  They have also been trying to answer big questions, such as 'why is art a universal activity, but why it is so different at different times and in different places?'  Now, thanks to the discoveries of neuroscientists in the last thirty years art historians have a new way to engage with these problems.  The conclusions of the new 'neuroarthistorians' are always revealing and sometimes astonishing.

VISITING ARTISTS & SPEAKERS presents: John Zeppetelli

Monday, February 4, 6:00pm

Free admission - all are welcome


John Zeppetelli is the curator for DHC/ART Foundation in Montreal.  The inaugural exhibition in 2007 was a survey of British sculptor Marc Quinn. It was followed by the group show "Re-enactments", which presented installations by Haroun Farocki, Stan Douglas, Nancy Davenport, Kerry Tribe, Paul Pfeiffer and Ann Lislegaard. Subsequent exhibition programming has included solo exhibitions by Sophie Calle, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jenny Holzer, Berlinde DeBruyckere, Ceal Floyer, John Currin, Christian Marclay, and Ryoji Ikeda. A recent thematic exhibition "Chronicles of a Disappearance" included Philippe Parreno, Taryn Simon, Teresa Margolles, José Toirac and Omer Fast. DHC/ART’s current exhibition is "Thomas Demand: Animations".  Before joining DHC/ART, John Zeppetelli devised public programs and organized exhibitions at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal and at the ICA, London.

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Alexander Hall, Room 100
Monday, January 28, 6:00pm

Free admission - all are welcome

Kitty Scott is the recently appointed curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Previously, she was director of Visual Arts at The Banff Centre, the chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.  Scott has curated exhibitions of artists such as Francis Alÿs, Janet Cardiff, Peter Doig, Ragnar Kjartansson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Ken Lum, and Ron Terada, and was a curatorial agent for dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Kassel.  Scott has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues and journals including Parachute, Parkett, and Canadian Art.  She has contributed to numerous books on curatorial studies and written texts for monographic publications on the work of Matthew Barney, Peter Doig, Brian Jungen, and Daniel Richter; and for the publication Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, London, New York, 2010).  As an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions including Bankside Browser (2000) for Tate Modern, London, and Universal Pictures (1999) at the Melbourne International Biennial.  Scott was the Canadian coordinator for the Seventh International Istanbul Biennial (2001) and also worked on the inaugural SITE Santa Fe Biennial (1995).

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*Please note NEW LOCATION: Alexander Hall, Room 100
Monday, January 21, 6:00pm

Free admission - all are welcome

Art Green, was a founding member of Chicago’s infamous “Hairy Who”.  His work has been the subject of 25 solo shows, and is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Institute of Chicago and Vienna’s Museum Moderner Kunst, among others.  Recently, Green's paintings were featured in the major exhibition of “Chicago Imagists” at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and another at Thomas Danes Gallery in London, England.  Art Green is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

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ART HISTORY SPEAKER SERIES presents: Dr. Christina Smylitopoulos

A Nabob's Progress: Graphic Satire and British Imperial Excess

Tuesday January 29 th

5:00 pm

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre

Lecture room

Reception to follow

Dr. Christina Smylitopoulos is a specialist in art and visual culture of the long eighteenth century. She received her PhD from McGill University and, before joining the art history faculty at the University of Guelph, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for British Art. Her current research traces the significance of Regency illustrated books, which occupy an unclear position in the trajectory from stand-alone Georgian graphic satire to the Victorian comic.




Visiting Artists & Speakers presents: Luis Jacob


6pm Alexander Hall Rm.100 (NEW LOCATION!)


Working as artist, curator, and writer, Luis Jacob's diverse practice addresses issues of social interaction and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience.

Recent solo exhibitions of his work include Show Your Wound, Galerie Max Mayer, Duesseldorf and Birch Libralato, Toronto (2012); A Finger in the Pie, A Foot in the Door, A Leg in Quicksand, Kunsthalle Lingen (2012); Pictures at an Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2011); Tableaux Vivants, Fonderie Darling, Montréal (2010); 7 Pictures of Nothing Repeated Four Times, in Gratitude, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2009); and Habitat, Kunstverein Hamburg, (2008).

Recent group exhibitions include Taipei Biennial 2012, Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Surplus Authors, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2012); Animism, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); If We Can’t Get It Together, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2008); and Documenta 12, Kassel (2007).

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The Mystery of Bethlehem

Saturday December 1, 2012

University of Guelph Symphonic and Women's Choirs present

The Mystery of Bethlehem

Conductors Marta McCarthy and Lanny Fleming
Church of Our Lady, 28 Norfolk Street, Guelph
Accompanist: Betty Maher

Featuring: The Mystery of Bethlehem by Healey Willan, Joseph Carere, organ, and the Guelph Chamber Players, orchestra.

Tickets available in advance by calling 519-824-4120 x52991 or at the door starting at 7pm.

General Admission $15
Students & Seniors $10


VISITING ARTISTS & SPEAKERS presents: Geoffrey Farmer


Geoffrey Farmer

LOCATION: MacLachlan Building, room 102

MONDAY, OCT 29th 6:00pm

 Free admission - all are welcome

 Research based and context-specific, the installations of Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer involve a chaotic but vividly imagined post-minimal theatricality.

 Selected solo exhibitions include: Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Casey Kaplan, New York; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Prominent group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA 13; Istanbul Biennial; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San

Francisco; National Gallery of Canada, Sydney Biennial; Tate Modern, London.  

 A major retrospective of his artwork is planned at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 2014.

ART HISTORY SPEAKER SERIES presents: Dr Ronald Hawker

"The Art and Times of Charlie James"

Monday November 5th, 5:00 pm

Madonald Stewart Art Centre, Lecture Room

Reception to follow talk

Ronald Hawker is a faculty member of the Liberal Studies Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  He is author of Tales of Ghosts: First Nations Art in British Columbia 1922-1961 (UBC Press 2002) and Building on Desert Tides: Traditional Architecture of the Arabian Gulf (WIT Press 2008) and as an active interest in tribal art and architecture.


VISITING ARTISTS & SPEAKERS presents: Daniel Barrow

University of Guelph / School of Fine Art & Music
VISITING ARTISTS & SPEAKERS presents: Daniel Barrow


LOCATION: MacLachlan Building, room 102
MONDAY, OCT 22nd 6:00pm

Free admission - all are welcome

Daniel Barrow’s unique live-narration performances have been described as being like a graphic novel brought to life with the simplicity and wonder of a magic lantern show.  Barrow was the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award. He has presented his artwork at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; The International Film Festival Rotterdam; and the British Film Institute.  A special feature of Barrow’s presentation for Guelph will include excerpts from his live performances.